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korea. president obama ordered a carrier group to south korea and launches joint military exercises. >> south korea is our ally. it has been since the korean war. we strongly affirm our commitment to defend south korea as part of that alliance. >> what are the u.s. options with korea expert, victor chau and david albright, former u.n. nuclear weapons inspector and jay solomon from the wall street knowledge. will passenger outrage over the pat-downs cause more gridlock at the airports. more than 40 million americans head home for the holiday. bush tax cuts, "don't ask, don't tell," a new arms treaty for russia, thanksgiving leftovers for the lame duck congress. after mid-term losses, who is begging for a pardon now? president obama carries out the long standing thanksgiving tradition in the rose garden. >> now, for the record, let me
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say that it feels pretty good to stop at least one shalaking this november. good day. i'm andrea mitchell reporting live from washington. we begin with south korea. still on a hair trigger after yesterday's attack from the north calls for a calm from the u.s., russia and china, have kept things from escalating so far. jim miklaszewski is live from the pentagon. what is the latest? >> the most visual reaction and quite frankly military involvement is the president's decision to deploy "the george washington" aircraft battle carrier not from in the sea from where the attack occurred earlier this week to conduct joint military exercises with south korea. the planning for this operation had gun shortly after the north
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korea sank that south korean patrol boat killing 46 south korean sailors in march of this year. the timing cannot be underestimated. it is clearly sabre rattling, a show of force, that the united states remains firmly committed to the defense of south korea. once you get beyond that, the military options, quite frankly, for the u.s. an even south korea, are almost limited if not zero, andrea. >> jim miklaszewski at the p pentagon, thanks for all that. now, we go to victor. what are the u.s. options? >> i think as jim said, the military options are quite limited. if there were no other considerations, the military response would be to take out the artillery that fired on this
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south korean island by the north. there are huge risk that come with that in terms of esska lake. the show of military force in terms of exercises is the appropriate thing to do. a big piece is the diplomacy that is happening behind the skeenlts with china in terms of trying to get the chinese to do more to get the north koreans to stop provoking in such a belligerent fashion. >> victor, the chinese have as recently as march when the ship was sunk, the south korean ship was sunk, the chinese denied that it was pyongyang that was responsible. are they likely to be more forward leaning now? >> one hopes they will be more forward leaning. it is indisputable that the north koreans fired artillery on the south. it is a clear violation of the armistice agreement of which china is a cignsignatory.
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thus far, we have only seen mild discussions of concern and questioning of what is happening. we need a strong chinese statement which will then set the stage if you need to go to the u.n. security council or for chinese leaders to go to pyongyang an try to work them behind the scenes. >> jay, you have been talking to u.s. officials throughout the government. how con stained are they by the fact that they can't afford to escalate too much militarily. they don't want to signal weakness by caving into any north korean demands that we go back to negotiations. >> they are encredibly constrained. they talk tough and they move military hardware out there. in the en, it is basically a show of strength. what they are worried about and what the administration has been fighting is this push by the chinese for the u.s. to get back into negotiations with the north koreans and have another cycle
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of the north koreans demanding aid for some of their -- for deescalating militarily or handing over their nuclear as n assets. the diplomacy has failed for probably 20 or 30 years. >> the chairman of the joint chiefs was on with the ladies of "the view" talking about what we want. presumably, what we want is for china to do something. >> when working with allies, it is very important, certainly, the japanese and the south koreans. it is really important for china to lead. >> china, yeah. >> the one country that has influence in pyongyang is china. their leadership is critical. >> china has to be a little bit nervous. they share it onboard der with a country, with refugees constantly going across the border. they are afraid if they act too tough, they might have a collapse or refugees coming
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across the border. >> that's exactly right. the deilemma from the chinese side is they have tremendous influence over the north. if they were to curtail it, they risk a collapse of the regime. they see that as not being in chinese interest. that is the core of the strategic problem for china. >> you went to a briefing, jay, yesterday, with the professor who had just met with secretary of state, clinton and who had discovered. he stumbled on what the north koreans wanted him to see, 2000 sen trif funlgs, an extraordinary sophisticated new plant. how did american intelligence not know that this was going on under their nose? >> these centrifuges are a little bit complicated. if you look back over the last 10 or 12 years, the u.s. knew the north koreans were purchases centrifuge designs.
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you can see going back that they did know that the north koreans were sort of doing the procurement. no one knew that they had this many already installed. i don't think that anyone thoughs that they are actually running. the north koreans say they are. it raises huge proliferation concerns, particularly looking at their links to iran and syria and their willingness to share this technology as we have seen in the past. in a lot of ways, that is the most troubling aspect of what's happened in the last few weeks. >> final question. is there any sign the u.s. would take some steps, because of the nuclear threat if not this latest conventional military attack. >> this is the question they faced back to '94. there was talk they were going to attack the react tore. they found it could produce plutonium. it is so provocative and could escalate the situation in such a negative way i don't think people think that's an option. >> victor cha, what would be the
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point of negotiating with north korea. if we negotiate with them and they are cheating, why should any administration sit down at the table and think a deal is a deal. >> it's a very fair question given the history of the negotiation. the best argumentment for getting back to the talks is that it is a good crisis management mechanism. the north koreans don't do missile tests or nuclear tests when you are in negotiations. you are absolutely right. any deal you reach, you have to wonder whether the north koreans are going to keep it. they have never kept it in the past. in between the negotiations, this he may provoke some more. >> victor cha, thank you so very much, who has been to pyongyang and knows of what he speaks. jay solomon, covering the state department and the intelligence community. thank you very much for being with us. >> thanks. >> thanks. now, to the busiest travel day of the year with some 42 million americans flying or driving somewhere. there could be delays if too many passengers refuse those full-body scans and get
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pat-downs. so far at lax, travelers seem to be taking it in stride. a potential violation of the fourth amendment but i want to go home and see my family so i have to go. >> as long as they are making sure people are safe and screening everyone in some way is fine. >> nbc's miguel almaguer, joining us live from lax. you have talked to people out there. what are they telling you about how crowded it is and whether these security checks are going as planned? >> andrea, we are now finally through that morning rush. there have been no major issues. there were certainly some long lines this morning, some crowds that leaked outside of the terminal, which is actually relatively average for lax on any given day. this is a very big travel season. over the next ten days and the thanksgiving holiday travel period, 1.53 million americans will travel through lax alone. so far, there have been no major
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problems here. we have been told that the lines through security have taken only about five minutes or so. we just spoke to a tsa agent that told us only 20 passengers so far have declined to go through the x-ray machines. that was about as of an hour ago. he says that falls in line with any other given day. so far, no sign of any boycott here or no major problems, andrea. >> thanks so much, miguel. is president obama vulnerable to a primary challenge? time running out for the lame duck congress. what bills will make the cut? send me your thoughts? you can find me on twitter at mitchell reports. this is "andrea mitchell reports" only on msnbc. ks pain s for deep relief precisely where you need it most. precise. only from the makers of tylenol.
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with his approval rating at 45%, president obama could face a primary challenge in re-election hopes next year. a new poll shows 41% of
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democrats want someone to challenge the president for the 2012 nomination. that jumps to 56% when you asked independent voters who are leaning democratic. charlie cook is editor and publisher of the cook political report and political analyst for the national journal and the best in the business. we are happy to see you. well, here we are talking about 2012. we have barely gotten through the mid-terms. >> i am so over 2010. >> let's move on. let's look forward. lean forward. whatever you want to call it. what does he face, the president, especially looking at the economic climate? that is really going to dictate what is happening. >> this is what's scary. >> scary for the democrats. >> or for the white house. if you look at the fed report yesterday, they said that unemployment is likely to stay above 9% through 2011 and be at 8%, no lower than 8% by 2012. you know how many months of
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presidential election years in the post-world war ii era we have had with 8% unemployment, one month, january of 1984. so the idea of having basically from the first full month the president is in office on all the way through election day, with 8% plus unemployment, nobody has ever been here before. so that's got to be very scary for the white house. >> the white house trying to retool but they don't seem really able to take that step. they are not reaching out according to most democratic insiders, not looking beyond the immediate circle. >> well, i think they have always been a very tightly knit group of people. you know, they viewed the establishment as having been for hillary clinton back in 2007 and 2008. so there is -- it's a clickish group of folks.
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reaching out hasn't always necessarily been their strong point. >> the other thing looking out at the horizon is that they really did lose, independents, p moderates, whatever you want to call them. how do they regain them and still reach out to the base. you have this much more liberal house caucus led by nancy pelosi. they are going to want to keep firm to democratic principles. if the president looks at the landscape, he is going to want to move back to the center. >> they are getting pulled in two different directions. they have to solidify and infuse their base and reach out to independents. where is the war in afghanistan going to be at this point next year. right now, the president is the ironic beneficiary of the success of president bush's eye iraq war surge. by this time next year or by early, middle part of next year, the afghan surge needs to work and have shown results. if not, you are going to have
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the howard deans and russ feingolds, the far left of the democratic party, saying, get out, get out, get out and you are going to have general petraeus and the brass saying, we need to leave the troops in a little bit longer. the president is going to be in a pinch. we know what happens when there is a threat of a nomination fight. it doesn't matter. the president is not going to lose the nomination. even a fight, we know from president ford and cartter and president bush senior, pat buchanan running against him, when you have any measurable fight, it is bad for your general election hopes. >> then, there is sarah palin. the republicans have their own challenge. this was the president with our friend, barbara walters, being asked about sarah palin. >> you may have heard that sarah palin told me just last week that she could beat you if she ran. could she? >> you know, i don't speculate on what's going to happen two years from now.
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>> mr. president, you will not tell me that you think you could beat sarah palin? >> what i'm saying is i don't think about sarah palin. >> okay. >> not going there. >> i think every night the president has to pray for the economy to come back, for afghanistan surge to work and for republicans to nominate sarah palin. you look at her numbers among independents and they are horrific. she may be popular among republicans. independents, that's where you get your mojo in these elections. she is the no-fly zone. >> charlie cook, happy thanksgiving to you. >> you too. coming up next on "meet the press" this sunday, senators dick durbin and jon kyl joining david gregory. jon kyl the key player on the arms treaty. check your local listings. senator joe lieberman is running out of options. will he run as a republican.
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jooirk. joe lieberman may be staring down the barrel of the toughest political choice of his year. retire. politico is reporting that these options are slim for the connecticut senator because of some technicalities on the ballot with the independent line that he ran on last time. explain. >> right. our read are of the election law is that he could not run on the line he used in 2006 to beat lamont. it was called connecticut for lieberman. a new line would not be able to have the word connecticut or lieberman. joe lieberman is a pretty well-known quantity in the state of connecticut. some polling up there shows he is very unpopular with democrats and independents. a lot of republicans like him. some people think he could thread the needle if he tried to
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run as republican. >> wouldn't it be hard for this lifelong democrat to make the switch? we have seen what happens to some long-time democrats who try to rebrand themselves. they lose a lot of credibility with the voters. >> voters get a little crumgrum when people try to do that. the path is very difficult. for joe leader maieberman, it ms only path. he says i have always been an independent guy, democrat, republican, just send me back to the senate and i can do a good job. i think democrats would rise up gefr against him and republicans would have a serious question whether they want him on their line. linda mcmahon kept it interesting this year. it is not out of question. a lot of tough questions for the voters and for joe lieberman. it will be interesting to watch.
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>> he came close to being a republican. john mccain almost chose him and then went to the next best thing, which was sarah palin after barely meeting her. that's all history. thanks very much, craig. happy thanksgiving. senator arlen specter right here speaking of party switchers on the trouble with north korea and the effort to ratify a new arms treaty with russia. planes, trains and automobiles. we are live in the thick of it all as americans set out for the busiest travel day of the year. your watching andrea mitchell reports only on msnbc. what can i get ya? i'd like one of those desserts and some coffee.
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that you need to do for your heart health. for me, it means an aspirin regimen. before you begin an aspirin regimen. speak to your doctor. mayhem in london as thousand of students protest the plan to triple tuition. they stormed the headquarters two weeks ago with regard to a similar increase. the homeland security company is going to get rid of the color-coded terror alerts. instead, they will issue laerts
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that rely on descriptive language. amanda knox is not giving up her freedom without a fight. today, she was back in an italian courtroom where a judge scheduled her next hearing. the convicted killer is appealing her 26-year sentence for the death of her roommate. meredith kercher. the final ruling is expected next year. the national weather service says a snowstorm in utah is threatening to strengthen into a blizzard. highways are shut down. flights are canceled across the state. more than 125,000 travelers are riding the rails instead of flying this year. nbc's mike taibbi is at ground central. the country's biggest train station, penn station, in new york. tell us about the train schedule there and the traffic. >> reporter: the traffic has been plentiful. it will be a record day. on the departure board, for the first time since 5:30 this
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morning, one train was listed as late, by 50 minutes. the biggest travel day of the biggest travel week that amtrak anticipates. every available passenger car has been pressed into service. they have added trains on some of the busiest routes. to deal with all that, they are making some suggestions to the public. first, reserve your ticket. it may be impossible to get a ticket on the spot. if you have researched a ticket shall get here early to pick it up from the kiosk or ticket agent. try to restrict yourself to two carry-on pieces. it is not a rule but it makes sense given the volume of people. one more thing, a lot of people said that taking the train and not the plane to avoid the additional security hassles at the nation's airports. one reason for the big crowds. >> mike taibbi at penn station in new york. thank you. today, south korea found the bodies of two more casualties
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from yesterday's attack. these are the first civilian casualties between the two koreas in more than a decade. ian williams has more from the port of incheon. >> reporter: good afternoon. while there were no fresh clashes the border remains extremely tense much the south korean army on high alert. today, the authorities released video from yeonpyeong island which bore the brunt of the artillery attack on tuesday. it shows devastated houses, shattered, burnt in the main fishing village where most of the 1700 inhab tants lived and made a living from crab fishing. now, they also found two dead bodies today, civilians, the first civilian deaths. this was an elderly couple. it is assumed they couldn't make it out of their homes and hide in the bunker which provided shelter to so many of the other island's inhabitants.
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civ civilians have continued to leave the area. many of them coming here to incheon, which is the main city, port closest to the islands. the government has advised up to 5,000 that they should consider leaving a string of islands closest to north korea. also today, president obama phoned his south korean counterpart. he said the two sides stood shoulder to shoulder and they agreed on the dispatch of an aircraft care, the george washington, from japan to korea. there will be joint military exercises here next weaken. now, officials hearsay that was pre-planned. they also point out it is a timely reminder of their unity an strength. back to you. ian williams, in incheon, david albright with me now, a former nuclear weapons inspector and president for the institute of science and international security. if we went back to the bargaining table, what would we
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be negotiating for? >> the obama administration has decided probably wisely that unless north korea comes to the negotiating table with a very different attitude, there aren't going to be negotiations. there could be some talks that may be sort of centered on crisis management for example but if there is going to be real negotiations on the nuclear, north korea has to come forth, taking the recent example of the uranium enrichment plant, it is not enough to put monitors in that plant and act as if it is okay that the plant makes low enriched uranium. they have to put the entire program on the table and allow inspectors to have challenge inspections, to go to suspect sites around the country to verify that north korea has completely revealed its gas centrifuge program. >> what we have learned is that the program may be far more sophisticated and advanced than
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we realized. there are prolivferation issues. we have seen in the past what north korea has done with syria. >> i know even at isis, as an outside group, we have learned a lot. the program is about what we expected in terms of technological capabilities. the number of centrifuges built is larger than we predicted a month ago. we felt there was a significant uranium enrichment plant in north korea holding the kind of centrifuges that professor saw at yong poyong. >> how do with he get china more engaged in helping diplomatically, in pressuring north korea to back down from this press miss? >> china is a big player. it has been disappointed.
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north korea outfits its gas centrifuge program and will continue to do so by going overseas and buying things. a very convenient shopping mart is china, not just buying chinese goods but european and u.s. goods. they have been toler rating that. it is a country that needs to be pressured to change its behavior. it will require more than a bilateral discussion. there may be the need for perhaps if not sanctions on china on some of the issues. there are ways to say to china if you want to do business with the united states, we have to have assurances that our goods and our ally's guys don't end up in north korea's nuclear programs. there are ways to increase the sim 78 business licensing practices that are imposed on u.s. companies before they can do business in china. >> very briefly, what the president discovered in south korea at the g-20 summit is we
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don't have a whole lot of leverage with china as long as they hold our debt. >> this kind of leverage, saying to china, look, if you want us to do business with you, european to do business with you, you have to tell us that our goods are not going to end up in a north korean nuclear program and a nuclear weapons program? it is hard to believe this was built to make low enrichment power. it was built to make high-enrichment for nuclear weapons. they have to find ways to leverage china and make it realize this is a very serious issue. china is a big power now. it needs to take on the responsibilities of big power. that includes stopping the proliferations of nuclear weapons. >> david albright, thank you very much. senator arlen specter joins me now, a former chairman of the senate intelligence committee. senator specter, thank you so much. first of all, what should the united states do diplomatically and militarily? >> the key is china. north korea has been the
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surrogate for china for a long time, going back 60 years ago to the korean war. china has to step in to make it plain to the north koreans that their conduct is totally unacceptable. we have a lot of transactions with china and we know the pressure points to get china to move. >> do we have enough leverage, though? i was just talking to david albright about this? it seems as though china is calling the tunes. both europe and the other asian countries are listening more to china than the united states. we are out liar, economically. >> well, china is north korea's neighbor. they gave them support during the korean war and they have been giving north korea support for decades. we have a great many transactions with china.
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president obama has visited with the chinese president recently. that is the place to start. the degree of difficulty as we all know is that north korea is irrational. they have enormous power with nuclear weapons. i was astounded when i visited south korea years ago in seoul to find out how close they were to north korea. so seoul is really at risk. there is a hair trigger to erupt into a full-scale war. the action has to be immediate. china is the key. i want to ask you about the lame duck session. senator. secretary gates and admiral mullen will be testifying next week on "don't ask don't tell." that is ir any way to get their
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through in the lake duck session? >> we have to have a couple of republicans that have always been in favor of abolishing don't ask don't tell. that policy is far outdated. there is no correlation between ability to serve in the military and sexual orientation. a number of republicans could provide the key votes. we only need two. they contend that the majority leader will not allow them to bring up amendments and there is some merit to what they say on that but that can all be worked out. somebody has got to stand up with a little independence. somebody has to stand up to the tea party doctrine and assert what is correct. that is to bring up the bill. they are holding the entire defense authorization bill hostage and it is national
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security that it is involved. >> senator arlen specter, thank you very much and happy holiday to you. >> nice to be with you. up next, the national journal's major garrett with more on this lame duck agenda. plus, making sense of the first decade of the 21st century with "time" magazine's richard stengel. you are watching "andrea mitchell reports" on msnbc. [ william ] three years ago, i started my first real job
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democrats will have one fewer vote in the senate just as the white house is facing key issues in the lake dumb session. major garrett is national journal's congressional correspondent and joins us here now. so the lame duck, republicans will be one up next week, because it is an appointed seat and. >> special elections, quicker seniority. >> so how much tougher does that make, first of all, s.t.a.r.t. >> s.t.a.r.t. is not related to mark kirk but one republican senator, john tin kyl.
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it is a shift within the conference. if richard lugar and the republican conference said this is a good idea, that's what most republicans would do. richard lugar, the ranking republican on the foreign relations committee, no longer has that. jon kyl, the number two senate republican is the lead republican policy analyst on this issue. if he says yes, there will be 90 votes for s.t.a.r.t. he is not going to say yes now. this will be laid over until february. >> joe biden wrote an op ed. just looking at the republican party, how did jon kyl, who is not on armed services, intelligence or foreign relations get this preeminence? >> part of it is generational you. as you well remember, arms control was a very sexy place for senators to become experts. national security prominence, political prominence, national prominence because it was a huge issue. it has largely fallen off the agenda. it has been up to a few senators
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to develop what they consider an expertise. jon kyl has filled that gap even though he is not on any of the leading committees on it. everything that happened this last week, the white house thought was great for s.t.a.r.t. ratification. eu endorsed it, the russians endorsed it. >> it has not moved it. >> kyl doesn't trust the russians to participate. he doesn't believe a system that will cover everyone well effectively cover no one. the things that the white house accomplished, not for jon kyl or the senate republicans. >> they are some of his own colleagues say that he -- they won't say this publicly. they think he misled them. all during the summer he would say, delay the vote. we will have the votes. i can deliver the republicans during the lame duck. >> there is a sense that kyl has been less than candid on this. kyl and mick mcconnell, the republican leader would point to a leader they sent the president
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back in march outlying the three things they thought needed to be done. they say the boxes haven't been checked. with he told the president how to get this ratified. he didn't listen to us and now we are showing them. part and parcel of what republicans will be doing in a newly muscular way. >> stay with us a bit. we will talk to you in a bit about what's coming up in the next 24. first, bush versus gore, 9/11, hurricane katrina, the 2008 presidential election, a few of the big events that have shaped the first decade of the 21st century. "time" magazine is looking back as it introduces a new annual issue "time frames." richard stengel is here with us now from new york. tell us the concept of "time frames" and how you are trying to take a long view at some of these big stories. >> yes, andrea. thanks for having me. the decade really ends this year. we wanted to take a look back at the past decade, of the biggest stories. and we wanted to reveal what they really meant, what we
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learned over the past ten years in terms of what really happened and what does it prestage for the future. basically, looking at all of those things, the war in iraq, 9/11 shall the 2000 election, so much of it had to do, even katrina, there were man-made problems, problems in perception that people were certain about things that were not the case. when we look back, this idea that human imperfection is really the result -- is the cause of so many of the terrible things that happened in the first decade, it should tell us something about going forward, about you who we need to look at issues and examine them and think about them. >> look at president obama's election. so much has changed dramatically as we have seen in the mid-term results and the attitudes of people. things have changed so remarkably in the less than two years that he has been in office. >> the law of indiaunintended
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consequences exists in every decade. times have changed. it's what happens in movie plots. the best thing turns out to be the worst things. no one would have thought when he was elected that he was thought to have this extraordinary mandate that within two years, his popularity and sense of effectiveness would have diminished so. at the same time, what does that tell you? it tells you it can change again in two years. if you look back after ronald reagan's first two years, bill clinton's first two years, they were in similar positions to barack obama. it really is kind of amazing about how things change so quickly in our society. that is one of the themes of our time frames issue is that nothing goes away anymore but nothing seems to last very long either. that's part of the reason that we wanted to look back, because we forget about what happened so quickly. >> that short memory span is one of the things that is part of the culture, part of the new media. that's why this magazine, this
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issue and the concept is so interesting, because it does have us look back through a new set of eyes if you will. the election of 2000 shall the 2000 election is one of the issues you are looking at. the fact that the nation is divided is something that we experienced at the time and we thought it was a transitional experience. it really was the beginning of a whole new kind of politics. >> yes, it certainly was. although, again, looking back, almost every four years, we say we're grossly polarized and that the nation has never been as polarized as it was before. i look back and you think, well, certainly, we were more polarized during the civil war. we were more polarized during the vietnam war and more during the time when the constitutional convention was being created. at the same time, it does seem to be getting worse. the political process where once upon a time, not that many years ago, there was bipartisanship, at least on things like foreign
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affairs and the s.t.a.r.t. treaty which you mentioned a minute ago. people are drug into these positions. they are not so much idealogical. it seems to me they are cultural. people define themselves in certain ways by cultural issues. i would argue that we are narrowly divided, not deeply divided. one of the things the issue does is how this all came to pass. >> when you look back at hurricane katrina, which was certainly the most gal vanizing issue that we faced as reporters in the last couple of years, how have things changed since the hurricane? >> well, you know, they haven't changed that much for the better. mike greenwald who wrote a couple of cover stories during that year came to the conclusion katrina was a man-made disaster, not a natural one. it wasn't that severe of a storm. the army corps of engineers had not prepared the levees for a
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storm of that sigh. because of the oil industry, we lost so much of the wetlands there which used to prevent storms like that. basically, we created that storm. we created the consequences of that storm. obviously, we didn't create the wind and rain. we should have been ready for it. even know, the precautions that are being taken and the ways that new orleans are being built up are not necessarily sufficient toagain, which could happen anytime. >> that's certainly a sobering thought. thank you very much, richard stengel. the new "time" mag zeazinemagaz frames. le. you'll find the recipe at campbellskitchen.com. le. campbell's.® it's amazing what soup can do.™ if anything, i thought i'd get hit by a bus, but not a heart. my doctor put me on an aspirin regimen to help protect my life. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. check with your doctor
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in our continuing effort of education nation, bill cosby is taking his message about the importance of education to the streets. on tuesday, cosby walked shoulder-to-shoulder through the new section of new haven with the city's superintendent of schools. cosby went door-to-door, pushing
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parents to take an active role in their children's education and encouraging kids to stay in school. >> i want you all to understand the value of your children. find out how your child is doing in school, who your child is playing with. demand that the school behave properly. you behave properly. >> good advice from dr. bill cosby. after a night at the swanky w. hotel in washington, national turkeyies apple and cider were escorted to the white house, where the president celebrated thanksgiving with one of his highest responsibilities, pardoning the two very lucky birds. >> on behalf of my family, i want to wish everybody a wonderful and happy and safe thanksgiving.
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as president of the united states, you are hereby pardoned from the thanksgiving dinner table. have a good life, man. >> we're told they go to a farm or to mt. vernon, but not to disney land. i don't know what's up with that. what political story will be making headlines in the next 24 hours? major garrett joins me now.disn? >> no. but google the 1863 original proclamation for thanksgiving written by abraham lincoln. it is incredibly appropriate for the time and for all americans to remember how this thanksgiving holiday got started. it's very profound. just a bit of advice. >> that's very good advice. it's my favorite holiday actually. we all love to eat and we don't have to worry about buying gifts. and hope to get off. but what is -- what is congress, what is the white house going to be looking at? we talked about the arms control
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treaty. what else is on the -- >> on the international stage, it's a policy issue, north korea and south korea. and the tax cut. that's it. >> major garrett, very happy thanksgiving to you. >> thank you. >> thanks for the advice. that does it for us for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." i hope we'll be taking a couple of days off. we wish all of you a happy holiday with your loved ones. do a little something extra for your less-fortunate neighbors at this time of year. up on the "news nation," the obama administration pressures china to get involved in the crisis between north and south korea. new details on that. plus, more on the military exercise the u.s. is planning with south korea this weekend. and those planned protests
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